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July 12, 2013 | By Paul Goff
We discovered the Ruin about 12 years ago when it was a small, abandoned stone house. We were hiking in Pioneertown's Pipes Canyon, and there it was, all by itself in a cove-like setting of boulders and desert plants and barely the remains of a road to get to it. We hiked back about a year after and the roof had been knocked in, or it had caved in after years of weather and neglect. A few months later, on another visit, we saw the western wall where the front door and window once stood were gone.
June 13, 2013 | By Carla Hall
It's wonderful that the 10-year old suburban Philadelphia girl in need of a lung transplant whose plight became national news was finally able to get one on Wednesday. “God is great! He moved the mountain!” exclaimed Sarah Murnaghan's mother, Janet Ruddock Murnaghan, on her Facebook page. Actually, it was her parents who took her case to court and a federal judge who moved the mountain. The judge ordered that Sarah, as well as an 11-year-old boy waiting for lungs at the same hospital, be allowed to compete for them on an equal basis with adults.
July 18, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Some companies go out of their way to stay mum on hot-button issues for fear of driving off customers. You can't say the same for Chick-fil-A. The company president wants the fast-food chain to be known for serving up Christian values along with juicy chicken sandwiches, proudly proclaiming the company's anti-gay-marriage stance. Now the company is reaping what it sows. Social media circles were buzzing Wednesday about the company's very public stance, with many users feeling obliged to pick a side.
February 27, 2011 | By Kim Christensen and Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
A prominent Beverly Hills psychiatrist who has helped decide hundreds of child-custody disputes was thrown off one recent case and has been challenged in at least two others after posting lewd photos of himself on Facebook and allegedly promoting illegal drug use, unprotected sex and male prostitution. Dr. Joseph Kenan, president of the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry, is also being investigated by the Medical Board of California on at least four complaints by parents who hired him to do custody evaluations, according to records and correspondence reviewed by The Times.
June 21, 2010 | By Gregory Karp
The glob a Florida woman found in her daughter's Capri Sun juice pouch was not human tissue. It wasn't a frog, a cow eyeball or anything else quite as gross. It was mold, formed after air got into a damaged package, and it wasn't harmful, according to Kraft Foods Inc., maker of the drink. The unpleasant finding by Melissa Wiegand Brown went viral after she posted photographs of the oval, skin-like mass on her Facebook page, representing the power of the Internet. Reports of the monster mold spread via blogs and began to dominate Kraft's Facebook page, where some posters expressed not just horror at the photos but also outrage at what they perceived to be the company's slow response to the Memorial Day weekend issue.
December 25, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
An 8-year-old Pennsylvania girl, whose battle against a rare form of leukemia became a social media sensation that inspired thousands of people to gather and sing her Christmas carols, has succumbed to her disease, her family announced on Wednesday. Delaney Brown of West Reading “passed away quietly with her loving family by her side,” family spokesman Christopher Winters said in a statement posted Wednesday on Facebook. Known by her nickname, Laney, the child was a second-grader at Wyomissing Hills Elementary School.
July 20, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
The family of 23-year-old Micayla Medek went through an almost unimaginable emotional torture Friday. They knew she'd been wounded in the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting shortly after midnight Thursday; her friends who'd accompanied her to “The Dark Knight Rises” told them as much. But it took nearly 20 hours after the gunman killed 12 people and wounded 58 others to get the awful news. Late Friday, they learned that Cayla, as they called her, was one of 10 people who died in the movie theater.
July 9, 2013 | By Jeff Spurrier
Jamie Jamison remembers her early introduction to woad. She was on a road trip with her parents, stopping at a Stuckey's shop and seeing a tiny souvenir Navajo rug that illustrated where the natural dyes came from. She has her own now -- blues, greens and yellows, all grown from her yard. Yellow is easy. Even onion skins will make a usable yellow. Blue, however, is another story. For that she is growing woad, Isatis tinctoria , a member of the mustard family. Woad originated in southern Europe and western Asia.
February 25, 2014 | By Richard Verrier and Saba Hamedy
A social media campaign to pay tribute to Sarah Jones, the camera assistant who died in Georgia last week, has gone viral, drawing an outpouring of support from crew members around the world. Sarah Jones , 27, was struck and killed by a freight train Thursday during filming of the Gregg Allman biopic "Midnight Rider" in Savannah. Seven other crew members also were injured in the incident. To honor Jones, her friends and family have launched a "Slates for Sarah" social media campaign, prompting crew members to post comments and pictures of Sarah's name written on film slates on Facebook and Twitter.
February 23, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn, This post has been corrected, as indicated below
Can a county judge tell you what to post on your Facebook page? That question is at the heart of the interesting case of Mark Byron, a Cincinnati-based photographer who was ordered to post a court-approved apology to his soon to be ex-wife on his Facebook page every day for 30 days -- or spend 60 days in jail. "The idea that a court can say, 'I order you not to post something or to post something' seems to me to be a 1st Amendment issue," free-speech expert Jack Greiner, told the Cincinnati Enquirer . In June 2011, Byron was found guilty of civil domestic violence against his Elizabeth Byron, and the court gave her a temporary protection order.
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